Biography of I. B. Tozer
Hastings, Dakota County, MN Biographies

I. B. Tozer was born in Waterville, Kennebec county, Maine, June 24th, 1819. At the age of ten years, went with his parents to Fairfield, Somerset county, where he learned the carpenter's trade, at which he worked until 1847. He then returned to his native town and engaged in mercantile pursuits, was postmaster and railroad station agent. In 1855, resigned his positions on account of ill health, and came to Cannon Falls, Goodhue county, Minnesota. becoming one of the owners of the townsite. He engaged in lumbering until 1857, then sold his interests in the town, and in spring of 1858, removed to Hastings. During the spring of 1859, in company with A. B. Rich, bought a shingle and saw mill, which he run until it burned in 1865. He then dealt in lumber, and subsequently with Mr. Rich. speculated largely in pine lands in Minnesota and Wisconsin until 1871. He was next in the grocery business in Hastings till 1876, retiring at that time from active business. Mr. Tozer, with E. H. Chapman, built the first bridge across the Cannon river, and was instrumental in organizing the first school there. In 1841, he married Mary B. Bates, who has borne him three children: Sarah L. and Lizzie M. are still living.

The History of Dakota County and the City of Hastings.
By J. Fletcher Williams.
North Star Publishing Company.
Minneapolis. 1881.

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